Monday, June 17, 2019

Kemunting Lake View Restaurant (甘文丁湖上美食馆) @ Karangan, Kulim, Kedah.

Deep into Karangan, Kulim... approximately an hour drive from Penang island is a place surrounded by woods and lush greens but there's a rather hidden restaurant known to serve fresh and delicious River Fish. You will definitely need a navigation system to pull through this one. The restaurant is built on a pond full of fishes; not only do guests get to enjoy delicious food but also be surrounded in serene nature. Almost all regular patrons come back for the same dishes; their signature ones include 3-flavored Tilapia, Stir Fried Venison, various steamed fresh water fish. Though choices are pretty limited, the prices appear to be more affordable than some restaurants in Kulim. More like a place for novelty and the excitement of getaway from civilization in lieu of absolute taste.

Steamed Cat Fish (Rm 3.80/ 100 grams)

3-Flavored Tilapia Fish (Rm 3/ 100 grams)

Softshell Turtle Herbal Soup (Rm 42)

Stir Fried Paku with Sambal (Rm 10)

Stir Fried Potato Leaves with Garlic (Rm 10)

3-Flavored Tilapia Fish is one of the best sellers at Kemunting Lake View Restaurant. The kitchen uses bigger size Tilapia and have it deep fried till it was thoroughly crispy... served with a specially concocted sweet and sour sauce. The fish was so crispy that one could literally eat the finer bones, fins and tails... but a pity that the sauce did not do much justice to the fish. It was a little too sweet to our liking and it lacked the aforementioned sourness and spicy kick. Likewise, the Steamed Cat Fish was fresh but not as satisfying as we would have hoped. Any river fish weighs less than 1 kg would compromise the delicious pockets of fats found in the body of the fish and thus, affecting the texture. The remaining dishes were pretty standard-average.

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad,  4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 11 am to 8 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6017- 405 7551

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